‘Write A Book’ — A Lyrical Homage To Taylor Swift Songs

The thing with this one is while tonally it’s an attempt at a Taylor Swift type song, it’s not properly done structurally. But the conceit is pretty good. I think.

‘Write A Book’
Lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
Please give credit if you produce or preform

Tapping my pen to pad
I see you across the coffee shop
And you smile
I smile back
‘Cause you seem
You seem like my type
That is
Out of sight

But will you walk over
And ask me my name
What would be the shame
You could make history
Or you could just

Write a book
Write a book
Write a book

I get up and walk your way
Hoping you’ll tell me what I wanna hear
What your name
What’s your claim to fame
But I walk on by without a sound
Feeling a little bit let down

But one day maybe it’ll change
Maybe one day my dream will come true
No more nightmares for me
I’ll be in the clear with someone dearl
Someone who wants to kiss
Instead of

Write a book
Write a book
Write a book

(bridge)
The truth is
Why is life so unfair
I have to wait for fate to arrive
Someone who makes me sigh
Waiting by the phone
With a grone

But in the end
All I can think is
I’ll find my name in a book
Knowing that a smile lead someone to

Write a book
Write a book
Write a book

Taylor Swift & The End Of The Center

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’ve mentioned this before, but feel like talking about it again. While I generally think of myself as a moderate liberal, some of the people on the Left who absolutely hate someone like Taylor Swift for what she symbolizes — the center — really bug me. I’m empathetic to these Leftists and I understand what bothers them about Swift and The Center, and, yet I rather like having some sort of “center’ (both politically and culturally) that we can use as a frame of reference.

Swift is the last vestige of the America I grew up in, in her own way. It is understandable why insane Nazis thought she was some sort of idyllic Norse demigod. Thankfully, she put their beliefs to rest. But the fact that even Swift, of all people, can’t simply be in The Middle without both the Left and the Right hating on her for what they believe she is — or isn’t — is a sad testament to where our nation is headed.

What’s even more interesting about this is America is hurdling towards a moment when it’s going to be minority majority. And, as such, the very thing that Swift represents middle brow centrist white America, will, in itself, be a thing of the past. We risk, of course, having no center at all and if that happens then, well, the United States collapses for lack of shared values, if nothing else.

We’ll finally be two countries — rich, young multicultural Blue States on the coast, and poor, old white Red States in the interior. At that point, the question will be how many people die when “purple” states like Virginia tear themselves apart. But that’s still a ways down the road.

I guess what I’m trying to say is the Left is doing itself no favors long term by hating on the Center. We need a Center as a place where our shared values come together long enough for us know, well, what they are. If we all simply worry about intersectional this or that cultural / political “ism,” then the Right — which has a much more uniform ideology — will grow only more and more powerful for no other reason than many people who would be empathetic to the Left will be turned off by its shrill nature and bank Right.

I don’t know. These are just some thoughts off the top of my head. No one listens to me and when they do they usually get mad.

A Personal Appeal To Taylor Swift To Cover ‘Would I Lie To You’

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Absolutely no one listens to me. All I do all day at this point is work on a scifi novel. But I do find myself — again — thinking that Taylor Swift needs to cover the great old rock song Would I Lie To You. She’s got the pipes to cover it well and it would be a perfect way for her to go full boar rock star on us.

But I’m just daydreaming. No matter how much I want rock to come back before I drop dead, it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. And, yet, if Taylor Swift came out with a rock album it might be a game changer. The reason why that particular song might appeal to her is she obvious has some serious hang-ups about people having the goods on her and she apparently thinks everything thinks she some sort of snake.

Anyway, Tay-Tay, I think you might single-handedly bring back rock music for a least a cultural moment if you were to plug in an electric guitar and freak the fuck out on stage with a great rock song like Would I Lie To You.

‘Could Have Seen This Coming’ — #Lyrics To A Taylor Swift Type Pop Song

No one cares about anything I do creatively, so I’m just relaxing writing song lyrics. My goal is a Taylor Swift-type song.

Could Have Seen This Coming
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

visions of my fate swim around
lately I’m not feeling myself
you’re gone never to return
all I can say at this late date is
who could have seen this coming

who could have seen this coming
nobody but everyone
nobody but everyone I’m afraid
who could have seen this coming
who could have seen this coming

when the end came it was all kind of lame
but that’s your game it’s explained
breaking girls hearts left and right
leaving them with nothing but fright
don’t get me wrong I knew you were doom

who could have seen this coming
nobody but everyone
nobody but everyone I’m afraid
who could have seen this coming
who could have seen this coming

[bridge]
no one is to blame I have to explain
I’m alone again and I feared
but I have no tears in me
’cause the future is past
who could have seen this coming

don’t you fret the best is yet to be
I’m going to dig myself out without a doubt
no one is holding me down like a clown
the future isn’t set

no one will see me coming
no one will see me coming
no one will see me coming

‘Swift Approval’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Rock Song About Taylor Swift’s Politics

I just think the fact that the Right was so eager to assume Taylor Swift was one of them is rather amusing. Even though none of my lyrics will ever be produced, I couldn’t help myself with this one.

Swift Approval
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@sheltbumgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

the Right wants to know how you think
if you slink their way
they’re ready to make hay every which way
but when news of your views arrives
there’s anything but swift approval

swift approval
she’s with The Resistance
swift approval
America’s already great
swift approval
swift approval
swift approval

never you fear
the blonde ambition is in the air
we’ll all fair quite well I believe
when her political views are laid bare
don’t get me wrong I understand their views
they dig her looks and songs

swift approval
she’s with The Resistance
swift approval
America’s already great
swift approval
swift approval
swift approval

[bridge]
Pepe had it all wrong
had his troll face out for a beer
to celebrate but he was too late
swift approval turned out to be left
when they expected a right

swift approval
she’s with The Resistance
swift approval
America’s already great
swift approval
swift approval
swift approval

‘Bite My Lip’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Song

This is my attempt at a Taylor Swift smack-dab-in-the-middle of pop music song. Say what you will about her, she can write a pop song.

Bite My Lip
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

our eyes locked before I entered the bar
saw you through the patio on my way in
knew from the moment you were in my life
things were going to change
when I look back at that moment
I can’t help but bite my lip

bite my lip
every time I recall
bite my lip
knowing our love is true
bite my lip
bite my lip
bite my lip

you make me bite my lip with desire
thinking of how we’re going to take it higher
how’s it all going to end
you tell don’t you worry
we’re all going to succeed
in our desires given the light of the midnight sun
we’ll be on the run between the sheets
no one will know what hit them
when we arrive late to the party
knowing smiles on our faces
I’ll turn to you and bite my lip
bite my lip
bite my lip

bite my lip
every time I recall
bite my lip
knowing our love is true
bite my lip
bite my lip
bite my lip

[bridge]
our eyes will lock
our lips will touch
close your eyes with a sigh
knowing I’m always yours
no matter what

bite my lip
every time I recall
bite my lip
knowing our love is true
bite my lip
bite my lip
bite my lip

Someone Check On Taylor Swift, Something Weird Is Going On

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m not breaking any new ground here and really this just me idly rambling for no other reason than I have nothing to write about, but I’m watching a lot of Taylor Swift videos these days and something is really fucked up about that girl. Take the video for “Delicate.”

She gets to fulfill her wish of being invisible. If she got to be invisible for a moment what would she do? Bounce around dancing weird. Add to this that she has the worst luck with guys and it makes you wonder. She’s a gorgeous woman at the height of her creative powers and all she wants to do is be invisible.

Artists are notorious for psychologically streaking in the most conspicuous manner possible. Michael Jackson is a prime example of this. Prince also on occasion would do something weird that would make you think. But Ms. Swift seems like the only thing stopping her from going the full Britney Spears 2007 is her mental and emotional bolts are significantly tighter.

Meh.

‘Awkward’ — #Lyrics To Pop Song About Taylor Swift

No one will ever produce any of these lyrics I write, but it is relaxing. I do enjoy at least attempting to tell a story in verse. This is just a pointless, useless hobby. This would have a pretty standard pop beat to it.

Awkward
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

famous as can be
she seems like she always about to flee
tall and lean she’s like no one else
and boy can she dance
but no matter what you can tell
that she’s not quite right
she’s

awkward
awkward
awkward

her eyes glow like the summer sun
but she seems about to run
lies are all about her
but there’s no doubt about her
she loves her fan
at least that’s her plan

when will we believe
her musical story of lies
maybe we if we quit staring at her thighs
nothing from her but sighs
leave her alone
let her live with her moans
’cause she’s

awkward
awkward
awkward

[bridge]
what more do you want
a piece of her soul
if you do
you’re on a roll

nothing to see her
just another boy by her side
one she’s going to take for ride
maybe write a curse in verse
once he says goodbye

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Where Are All The Protest Songs?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It is interesting that in the shock and awe that the birth of Trumplandia has brought, one aspect of civil society that has not really responded much, if at all, is pop music.

While The New York Times and The Washington Post are having a newspaper war to see who can bring the Trump White House down, and the late night talk shows have joke after joke about the surreal nature of Trumplandia, the music business has been rather mum about all of this.

The closest we’ve got to what I suggest we need is “woke pop” as championed by Katy Perry. But where are our protest anthems to chant during massive protests? It is odd that for the most part pop music is rather aggressively apolitical. It’s all very puzzling.

Maybe I’m just being to impatient. Maybe there are marketing reasons for this. Much of the entertainment business is in shock over the triumphant of Trumplandia and so maybe the creative braintrust responsible for pop hits are taking a wait-and-see approach to all of this. I have heard of the occasional protest song being written here and there by some major names, but none of them have punctured my little media bubble.

So, what is likely going to happen is at some point in the near future, a well written and produced protest song will come out of left field and surprise us all. What it will take for this to happen eludes me. Music is a crucial aspect of American political life and it could be that the very forces that have drained all quality out of pop music are the very ones that are preventing us to go from “woke” pop to “protest pop.”

I mean, imagine the cultural consequence of Taylor Swift going rock and performing a cover of “Fortune Son” or something. Something of that magnitude would fundamentally change the music business and potentially force us into an era of good music not seen since the late 60s or early 70s.

But maybe I am being delusional. Maybe the Kraken of pop music jumping into the political fray is something happens only in extreme times when the youth of the nation feel as though they have a vested interest in politics. As you may recall, once the draft was ended by Nixon, much of the wind left the anti-Vietnam War protest movement.

Or maybe I’m being too cynical. Maybe it just is going to take some time. Maybe this time next year, we’ll be in a regular pop music Renaissance. But I am not expecting much. Surprise me, Ms. Perry. Excite me, Ms. Swift.